EU agrees Brexit extension until January 31, 2020

ARIS OIKONOMOU / AFP

The European Union (EU) has agreed to extend Brexit until January 31, 2020.

That's according to a Tweet from European Council president Donald Tusk, who said the "decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure."

It means the UK could potentially leave before the deadline, provided a deal was approved by Parliament.

The development comes as British MPs get ready to vote on Boris Johnson's proposals for an early general election on December 12.

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